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Tyson Fury Ready to Face Usyk in Heavyweight Showdown, Offers Prayers Ahead of Bout

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Tyson Fury announced his readiness to fight Oleksandr Usyk and expressed that he would pray for his Ukrainian opponent ahead of their undisputed heavyweight match on Saturday.

The usually flamboyant Fury kept his remarks concise during a low-key press event on Thursday, just two days before the highly anticipated bout, which is being hailed as the most significant fight of this century.

In the audience were Lennox Lewis, the last undisputed heavyweight champion from 1999, and Evander Holyfield, the fighter Lewis defeated to unify the titles, as Fury addressed the media.

“I’m ready. I’ve got nothing to say apart from I’m ready for a good fight,” said Britain’s Fury, who sauntered to the stage carrying his WBC belt.

“If it’s tough or easy, either way I will be ready.”

Despite the drama in the lead-up, including an incident where Fury’s father, John, headbutted a member of Usyk’s team, both fighters have avoided the usual trash-talk.

“I’ll say a prayer for him before we walk out that we both go back in one piece to our families because that’s what it’s all about,” Fury said of Usyk.

The Ukrainian fighter, dressed in a white suit with a sash, wrote a poem and placed it in his pocket while waiting for his turn to speak.

“I’m happy to be here, I’m excited,” said Usyk, refusing to read out the poem.

“It’s my homework. It’s a poem,” he said, adding to Fury: “Let your hands talk in the ring.”

Britain’s Lennox Lewis unified the WBC, WBA, and IBF belts with his victory over Evander Holyfield, who had been the undisputed champion at both cruiserweight and heavyweight.

Fury and Usyk—another converted cruiserweight who defeated Anthony Joshua to win the IBF, WBA, and WBO belts—are both undefeated heading into Saturday’s fight, the first undisputed bout in the four-belt era.

The 6ft 9in (2.06m) Fury has a record of 35-0-1 with 24 knockouts, while the 6ft 3in Usyk, an Olympic gold medalist with a stellar amateur career, holds a record of 24-0 with 14 KOs.

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